As participants travel along the famous Appalachian Trail through the rugged and historic Delaware Water Gap, they immerse themselves in a supportive, positive wilderness environment. By combining the personal growth methodologies of Outward Bound with a simple support model that honors the griever, this course delivers a profound and relevant healing experience. Besides gaining the technical and interpersonal skills necessary for expedition-style travel through the wilderness, students enjoy a dedicated opportunity to reflect on, discuss and process their loss. Throughout the course, instructors facilitate evening discussions to review personal and group challenges encountered during the day and in life. Participants dive into such crucial topics as: grieving, leadership, independent decision-making, responsibility and teamwork.
This course is closed for the season. 2019 courses coming soon.
Grieving Teens expeditions are designed to help students build confidence and resiliency, acquire coping skills and create a network of ongoing of support. The grief work that is woven into the curriculum helps young people share in a relevant healing experience with real-world outcomes. And in a time and space set aside just for them, grieving teens realize they are not alone.
Hiking along the Appalachian Trail as an expedition crew, students learn how to work together and discover the commitment and effort it takes to truly work as a team. The group will travel with all the food and equipment they need to conduct the expedition such as shelters, stoves, maps, emergency equipment and much more. Participants will learn basic outdoor skills like Leave-No-Trace Ethics, outdoor living, and backcountry travel in order to successfully live, work, eat, and adventure together. This process will not only hone communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills, but will provide memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.
During expedition there will be a day-long experience of rock climbing. Students will learn about essential equipment for the sport, and proper techniques of rock climbing like tying knots, belaying each other, and moving gracefully over the rock. In addition to technical skills, students learn about trust and teamwork as they belay for their teammates while they climb and then trade places. The group will also learn specific climbing techniques and site safety, all while instructors provide expert supervision and management. Students may choose to participate in a special grief activity while they climb.
Participants will build strong connections with other teens who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Through this journey, participants will have opportunities to experience their grief process in the therapeutic environment of the wilderness. Students will learn all the technical skills to support themselves and their teammates during this expedition; these skills include rock climbing techniques, belaying another climber, navigation, backcountry cooking and campcraft. Aside from technical skills, participants can expect to leave course having addressed their grief among peers, learned coping mechanisms that they can continue to use when back at home, and discovered that there is more in them than they know.
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses 67,000 acres of mountain ridge, forest and floodplain on both sides of the Delaware River in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. From the southern end of the park, students can view the S-shaped chasm of the Delaware Water Gap, where the river cuts a twisting path through 1,400-foot Kittatinny Ridge. Within the watershed of this river can be found steep wooded-and-rock slopes, bountiful rhododendron, dark hollows, deep ravines and tumbling waterfalls.
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